If you run a manufacturing facility, safety should be your No. 1 priority, even ahead of efficiency. However, given the sheer number of moving parts involved in any such operation, it's not always easy to attain the goal of an accident-free workplace.
The following five steps should help you get as close to zero accidents as possible:
1) Train regularly - and require certifications
Everything you do as an organization should be strongly rooted in know-how, according to MCR Safety. You never want a situation where someone in a manufacturing setting is guessing what they are supposed to do. With that in mind, it's vital to make sure you're training your employees on every issue they are likely to face and, when certification is required, requiring them to get all proper licensure before they can actually get to do that work.
2) Rearrange the workspace
One of the most common causes of workplace injuries in manufacturing specifically is repetitive motion or strain from standing in one spot for long periods of time, MCR Safety added. To that end, it might be wise to make sure workers don't have to bend down or reach up on a regular basis as part of their machining work, or have the ability to sit down every once in a while. Even a little change here can reduce aches and pains, as well as more troubling injuries, on an ongoing basis.
3) Look at your maintenance schedule
Any manufacturing company should be working to ensure its machines and equipment are in the best shape possible, but there's a difference between having that goal and actually following through, according to Mimeo. Even one injury because of improperly maintained equipment is entirely avoidable, so stepping up the regularity with which you address issues like normal wear and tear on any machine is a must.
4) Ensure you display appropriate signage
A major issue for most manufacturers is that there may be plenty of hazards on the grounds, and workers or visitors cannot be expected to know about all of them, Mimeo advised. With that in mind, it's absolutely critical to put up signs warning of any potential dangers they may encounter in that area of the factory floor. In doing so, people may be far more likely to have their heads on a swivel and spot any risks that might have otherwise led to an accident.
5) Put your safety processes in writing
No matter what steps you take to improve your factory's safety record in the months and years ahead, it's critical to make sure that becomes standard policy, according to Pacific Timesheet. The best way to do so is by committing them to paper, writing out all rules you want to set, distributing them to everyone in the company and making sure everyone from the factory floor to the boardroom familiarizes themselves with the rules. When everyone has easy access to the rules as they're proscribed from the top, there's far less confusion about policy for any action.
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